Went looking at areas where I might buy a house this weekend. I quite liked the look of Wide Open. The name sounds pretty odd, although my guess is that it dates back to the coal industry; presumably, there was an open cast pit there.
It looks quite nice to me. It’s a little bit out of town; the bike ride will be significant in the morning, but this is not necessarily a bad thing. The houses are also a bit cheaper, so I can get something proportionality larger and with gardens. I like space, so this is not bad thing.
I need to find someone who lives there, though. The only person to offer advice so far said "oh my god, it’s a tip". But she hasn’t been there for 20 years.
Originally published on my old blog site.